Gardening is a great activity for parents to enjoy with their kids. You don’t need to be an expert to get started, and youngsters will loving watching their plants develop from a few simple seeds. This time of year is not great for outdoor activities, but there’s no reason why you can’t get planting indoors.
A really simple option is to plant some of the seeds the kids find in their favourite fruit. Orange and lemon pips are an easy option. Just wash them well in cool water and plant around five in a small funky flower pot filled with a good multi-purpose compost. If your kids don’t have much patience, and let’s face it, most of them don’t, get yourself a packet of broad bean seeds. Soak the seeds in lukewarm water and then plant in some compost in the bottom third of an old plastic water bottle with the top third cut off. In just a few days, you should start to see roots and shoots beginning to sprout.
A windowsill propagator kit will open up even more possibilities and should cost you less than a tenner. Alternatively, you could invest in a windowsill propagator warming mat to give the seeds you plant the best possible chance. Another option is to create a bottle garden. Use a large glass wide-necked jar and plant easy-to-rear cuttings of common house plants such as spider plants or a tradescantia Sweet Kate. Once established, your miniature indoor garden will be really easy to look after and can look great for years to come.